French Language

The joys and benefits of bilingualism

More than half the world’s population is now bilingual. Now thought to encourage flexibility of mind and empathy, bilingualism is also transforming societies<p>Everyone knows that it’s moving and melancholic to watch your children change over the years. But to hear them alter their language, over the …

Language

Montreal project helping small business owners learn French being expanded

The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal announced Friday it’s extending its small business francization pilot project to other Montreal …

Small Business

OPINION: France's fight against new English words is 'totally stupid'

The French government seems determined to protect the French language at all costs.<p>But what does “protecting the French language” really mean?<p>For …

Language

France Says ‘Au Revoir’ to the Word ‘Smartphone’

Hoping to prevent English tech vocabulary from entering the French language, officials have suggested ‘mobile multifunction’ as an alternative<p>Comment …

France

Le smartphone? France says “Non!”

One of France's oldest institutions is determined to keep French, French.<p>French is under attack.<p>No, not France the country, but its French language …

France

Francophone: France prefers ‘le mobile multifonction’ to smartphone

Enrichment Commission for the French Language also prefers ‘fibronique’ for fiber optics<p>Smartphones may have become ubiquitous in France but the country’s language mavens hope there’s still time to keep the word from becoming ensconced in everyday speech.<p>The Enrichment Commission for the French …

France

The Sleepy History of 'Litter'

You've probably seen images of an Egyptian pharaoh, Chinese emperor, or Roman empress reclining in comfort on a curtained bed or couch mounted on …

Etymology

Popinjay

The word <b>popinjay</b> is an old one and is considered old-fashioned, though it is still occasionally seen. We will examine the definition of the word</i> …

Grammar

French told not to say 'smartphone' in ongoing battle against English

The guardians of the French language have had their say once again.<p>Their battle against the influx of English words, especially in the realm of …

France

Bobble vs bauble

<b>Bobble</b> and <b>bauble</b> are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them …

Grammar

'Crevice' and 'Crevasse': A Gap in Meaning

<i>Crevice</i> and <i>crevasse</i> are very similar words: they both derive from the Old French <i>crever</i>, a verb meaning "to break or burst," and both refer to an …

Etymology

Eddie Izzard on French grammar, Brexit and trying to get his mother back

The comedian, actor, political activist and transgender hero Eddie Izzard speaks to Eve Jackson about his new Paris show in French, what he’s got in common with Bill Gates and how everything he does in life is about trying to get his mother back.

European News

Ad of the Day: Owen Wilson butchers French language in spots for Oreo Peanut Butter

Owen Wilson has been making a commercial name for himself in Europe. First, he waxed poetic for Sofology, and now he’s butchering the French language …

Dessert

35 Genius Ways to Use Up Food Scraps

Do you dream of operating a zero-waste household? Do you get a real thrill when you squeeze every last ounce of usefulness out of your food and …

Gardening

Ontario government inviting the public to vote on ideas for 2018 budget

The Government of Ontario is reaching out to the public for input on ideas for the 2018 budget.<p>Until 5pm on January 26th, Ontarians can visit …

Ontario

Opinion: Bonjour-Hi motion stands to have legal repercussions

In the five weeks since the National Assembly’s unanimous Nov. 30 adoption of the anti-“Bonjour-Hi” motion, some observers have taken care to …

How to Pronounce Almond the Right Way

How to Pronounce "Almond" the Right Way<p>We all think we know how to pronounce "almond" the right way, but this article may convince you …

Language

Mare vs mayor

<b>Mare</b> and <b>mayor</b> are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. …

Grammar

Moose vs mousse

<b>Moose</b> and <b>mousse</b> are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them …

Grammar

Top 10 Numbers With Very Interesting Histories

What is in a number? Apparently, a lot. While it’s unlikely that we’ve ever given much thought to our numbers and numeral system, it has a pretty …

List-Worthy

Finally—Here’s Which “Orange” Came First, the Color or the Fruit

What came first, the orange or…orange? Did someone just make the un-creative decision to name the citrus fruit after its color? (That’s how the …

Language

How well do you know your December celebrations?

In many countries throughout the modern world, December has become synonymous with the celebration of Christmas. Despite this focus, there are many …

Christmas

Winter solstice in China is a time for family, harmony and lavish meals | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

Many in the northern hemisphere will today – December 22 – observe the winter solstice. The word solstice comes via Old French from the Latin</i> …

News (China)

Bill 101: French language still needs protection, Court of Appeal rules

A three-year-old court challenge to the signage provisions of Quebec’s French language charter has received another setback, with the province’s …

Judiciary

50 Awesome Holiday Words to Know This December

The holidays are upon us, and these winter celebrations with their many traditions each have a rich and varied vocabulary.From Krampus to kinara, …

Christmas

Kremlin-backed broadcaster launches French language news channel in wary Paris | Reuters

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.<p>Published Date: Dec 19, 2017 12:47 am | Updated Date: Dec 19, 2017 …

France

Tenure vs tenor

<b>Tenure</b> and <b>tenor</b> are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and are often confused. We will examine the definitions of the words <i>tenure</i> …

Grammar

Loot vs lute

<b>Loot</b> and <b>lute</b> are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. We will examine the …

Grammar

These are the most important foreign languages for the French jobs market

English is by far the most in-demand language for employers in France, but it is not the only one worth having, a new study has revealed.<p>The search …

France

Bard vs barred

<b>Bard</b> and <b>barred</b> are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them …

Grammar